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Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced Joy Impiombato as the Penrith Local Woman of the Year at an International Women’s Day event at the Penrith RSL Club.

“Joy is being celebrated as our Local Woman of the Year in recognition of the significant support she has given to the Penrith community,” said Stuart Ayres.

“Joy continues to make a tremendous contribution across Penrith with her unwavering passion to make our community a better place,” Stuart Ayres said.

“It is my privilege to present her with this award and to acknowledge her tireless work and commitment to improving the lives of many, particularly kids across our community.”

Joy has been working in the community service sector in Western Sydney and Penrith for 25 years. During this time she has worked across disability, youth work, child protection, and managing Aboriginal services. She is most proud of her achievements in early intervention in Aboriginal services including innovative pathways for children to not fall behind such as the establishment of Koolyangarra Aboriginal Family Centre and the Braddock Early Learning centre. As well as contributing to the work the Closing the Gap ITC team achieve to close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians.

It’s the connections made with community members who are courageous to share their stories and invite change in their life that inspires her. Running events like NAIDOC Cup that help give kids strength in their cultural identity and managing the bi-cultural team at NCNS have been highlights of working with the amazing Penrith community.

The Local Woman of the Year Awards is an annual program which recognises and celebrates the support women give to their local communities throughout NSW.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated all of the Local Women of the Year Award recipients.

“These women are the backbone of their communities, volunteering their time and energy to make a positive difference,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I would like to acknowledge their significant efforts to support their local communities and thank them for all the work they do.”

The Local Woman of the Year Awards are a way the NSW Government celebrates the achievements of women as part of International Women’s Day on March 8.


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